Issue: 2017 February 17
February 17, 2017
 
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This e-newsletter is brought to you by the Hillsborough Township Committee 
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Mayor 
Carl Suraci
Deputy Mayor
Gloria McCauley
Committeeman 
Greg Burchette
Committeeman 
Frank DelCore
Committeeman 
Doug Tomson

 
Township Committee Recognizes Volunteer Fire Companies on  Anniversary of VA Depot Fire
Hillsborough Fire Companies 1, 2, & 3 and Neshanic Fire Company  Receive Recognitions

A fire broke out at the Somerville Industrial Park on Thursday February 12, 2016 in one of the 4 industrial warehouses on site.  The fire quickly escalated into one of the largest fires in memory not only for Hillsborough, but for Somerset County.    

It was an extremely difficult fire to contain given the sheer magnitude of the blaze coupled with the challenges presented by the wind and the extreme cold. Hillsborough's firefighters and emergency responders were put to the test in battling the fire.

"We are so thankful and appreciative to all of the Fire Fighters, Hillsborough Township Board of Fire Safety, Police Officers and EMS Squad who worked so hard in spite of brutal conditions at the Somerville Industrial Park fire" stated Mayor Carl Suraci at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting.

Hillsborough Fire Company #2
Hillsborough Fire Company #3
Neshanic Fire Company
Flagtown Fire Company

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Woods Road Firehouse Swears in New Officers

Deputy Mayor McCauley, Committeeman Tomson and Committeeman Burchette attended the Woods Road Firehouse Installation dinner last month where the new officers were sworn in for 2017. 

Congratulations to Woods Road and thank you to all of our volunteer fire companies for your continued service..

Pictured (Left to Right): Mayor Carl Suraci, Chief Michael Murphy, Deputy Chief Daniel Kazar, Assistant Chief Sam Rozycki, Captain Tom Marvits, Lieutenant Ken Johnson, 2nd Lieutenant Matt Hand, 3rd Lieutenant Seth Freund

HHS Winterguard Festival

On February 4th, Mayor Carl Suraci and Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley attended the 17th Annual Winter Guard Festival sponsored by the Hillsborough Band Parents Association.

The festival featured performances from more than 40 Guards from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, from Novice to Independent World Class, dance, toss and spin in high-level competition.  

With than 2,000 people in attendance, the event was a great success.  The HHS  Winterguard Festival highlight was the 2017 Winterguard Show "Children of the Forest."   Their performance, directed by Micah Gary-Fryer and Pete Ciurczak, was superb!   

Pictured above: Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Mayor Carl Suraci participating in awards ceremony.
Pictured above: Mayor Carl Suraci, Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley with the Directors and Performers from the 2017 Winterguard Show "Children of the Forest."
SwiftReach 911 Official Emergency Notification System
Effective March 1, 2017 Nixle Will No Longer Be Utilized

Committeeman Frank DelCore, Liaison to Public Safety reminded residents SwiftReach 911 is the official emergency notification system for the Township.  "Late last year, the Township entered into an agreement with SwiftReach 911 to provide emergency messaging notifications for the Township," stated Committeeman Frank DelCore.  

"A review committee met with the three respondents to the request for quotes and it was determined the SwiftReach 911 met the requirements that the Township was looking for," continued Committeeman DelCore.

The previous contract with Honeywell expired at the end of 2016 and Nixle, which historically was a free service for police notifications, had informed the Township that they would be migrating to a paid service.

"The functionality of SwiftReach 911, ease of use and and overall flexibility, along with a favorable cost component, led to the decision to contract with them," added Hillsborough Police Chief Darren Powell.
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EMS Information Available on Township Website

As indicated at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, the documents related to the EMS RFP have been uploaded to the the Township website.  


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Fire Commissioners Election to be Held on Saturday, February 18th

The Fire Commissioners  Election will be held on Saturday, February 18th at the Municipal Building in the  Multipurpose Room from  2 pm until 9 pm.

One Fire Commission will be elected for a 3 year term.   The candidates are  William Woodruff and
John Lazorchak.

Registration Now Open for Recreation Programs

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Spring Soccer and Softball Registration
Believe it or not, Spring is right around the corner!  The Spring Soccer and Softball League registration deadlines are both  March 10 .  Soccer leagues are open to children ages 3 to grade 12, and softball leagues are open to girls in grades K to 8.  Full information and registration are available on  hillsboroughnjrecreation.org .



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Run Around the Park  - April 23rd
The 4th Annual Run Around the Park will be  Sunday, April 23 . Join us for a family-fun day and non-competitive, recreational fun run at the park!  Why run around one park, when you can run around two!?  The 3-mile course begins at Ann Van Middlesworth Park and continues to Woodfield Park before returning to AVM.  Pre-registration is required and available on the Parks & Recreation website.  All participants who pre-register before  March 31  will receive the official t-shirt! 




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Summer Camp Registration
Summer Recreation Camp registration begins on Friday, February 17.    Camps for 5 to 11-year-olds are held at Auten Road and Amsterdam Schools.  Camp for 12 to 14-year-olds will be held at Hillsborough Middle School.  Tiny Camp for 4 and 5-year-olds will be at Hillsborough Elementary School.    Camps begin on  Monday, June 26  and run for 8 weeks through  August 18 .  Information and registration is available on the Parks & Recreation website. 



Scholarship Competition Deadline Approaching
Entries Due in Mayor's Office by March 10th

The Township has teamed up with the Hillsborough Township School District to offer high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to win one of t hree $1,000 statewide scholarships available through the New Jersey League of Municipalities' "Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition".   The purpose of this scholarship program is to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer positions in municipal government while raising awareness of municipal government in general. 

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Hillsborough Rewards Credit Card Program Accepting Grant Applications Through March 10th
Hillsborough Based Non-Profit Groups Serving Youth and  Seniors Invited to Apply

The Hillsborough Township Credit Card Advisory Committee is currently accepting grant applications  for the first round of grants for 2017.

Grant applications can be found on the Township website at  www.hillsborough-nj.org or copies are available at the Administration Office.  Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, March 10, 2017 to the Administration office to be considered for eligible grant funding.

To date, the Hillsborough Rewards Program has awarded over $60,000 in grants to community based non-profit organizations that serve Township youth and seniors.

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Did you know that Hillsborough Township actively uses Twitter to share information with residents?Along with the Friday e-newsletter, SwiftReach 911, the Hillsborough Township website, and YouTube, Twitter is used to communicate with residents on a daily basis.   

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Shop Hillsborough Program

The Shop Hillsborough Reward Program combines saving and shopping. Simply present your Shop Hillsborough Reward Card to a participating merchant at the time of purchase and a property tax credit will automatically be applied to your property tax bill. Not a property owner? Join the program to receive an annual rebate check. 

To get started, stop by the Administration Office in the Municipal Building to pick up a card.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm
   
Season 2 - Episode 6 of Hillsborough The Good Life Now Airing

Township Job Line

Hillsborough Township currently looking to fill following positions:
  • Department of Public Works Mechanic - Full-Time
  • Building Maintenance Person - Part-Time  
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ARIS/HMS DISCOUNT CARD 2016/2017
ON SALE NOW!!

ARIS/HMS 2016-2017 Discount Cards are on sale now at a cost of $10.00 each, with all proceeds going to ARIS and HMS school programs and staff grants.   The card includes reusable discounts from local businesses; valid through 9/30/17

Businesses included this year are SHOPRITE, Amwell Auto, Angelo, B & C Florist, Bagelicious, Big Bang Music, Bountiful Gardens, Carvel, Chicken Holiday, China Moon, Culinary Creations, Dave's Computers, The Day Spa at Hair Plus, Divine Curry, Dunkin Donuts, Earth Fruits Yogurt, Fruity Yogurt, Hillsborough Cinemas, Hillsborough Vision Center, IHOP, Impact Training, Jumbo Palace, Just Subs, Koko Fit, Kumon of Hillsborough, Lenny's Pizza & Pasta, Mailbox Business Center, Marianna's Pizzeria, Olympia Sports, Renaissance Hair Salon & Spa, Rita's Water Ice, Saladworks, Super Sundaes, Wendy's.   
Special Promotion:  Buy 5 cards, get 1 card free!

If you would like to purchase a discount card, please email Linda at autenroadhsa@gmail.com.   You can also purchase them via Community Pass.

Thank you for your support!
Event Flyers
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February 18, March 18, April 15: Indoor Farmers Market
February 19: Water Bottle Flipping Challenge (Hillsborough Baseball 11U Fundraiser)
February 25: YMCA's Healthy Kids Day
March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11: Hillsborough High School Theatre presents Once On This Island. 
Tickets are $10 at  hill.booktix.com. Show dates are:
March 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:00 p.m. and March 5 at 1:00 p.m.
March 4: Hillsborough Band Parents Association Clothing Drive
March 18: 4th Annual Band Crop - Proceeds to benefit HHS Band and Guard Programs
March 21: Family Support Organization Presents Effectively Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in Youth
March 25: Gigi's Playhouse Gala
April 23: Run Around the Park
April 27: Neshanic Garden Club Spring Luncheon
May 20: Lungforce.org Walk
July 10-14 - Duke Farms Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
Important Upcoming Meeting Dates



February
Board of Adjustment
2/22/2017
7:30 PM
Planning Board Business Meeting 2/23/2017 7:30 PM
Township Committee Meeting 2/28/2017 7:30 PM

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CLERK'S OFFICE 
2nd & 4th Tuesdays until 7pm

HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
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Recreation 2017 Winter Activities Guide
 
Registration now ongoing 
 
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